Understanding and Managing Incontinence: Questions and Tips from Dependable Daughter

Incontinence can be a challenging and sensitive issue for both individuals experiencing it and their caregivers. Whether you’re a caregiver, family member or friend helping a loved one, or someone dealing with incontinence, understanding the specifics of the condition and the most appropriate products is important for managing it effectively. Angel Westerman from Dependable Daughter offers valuable insights and practical tips to help navigate this aspect of caregiving. 

Top five questions to assess incontinence, along with tips for managing it.

  1. Are You/Your Loved One Experiencing Any Incontinence?

The first step in addressing incontinence is identifying it. Incontinence can range from a slight leak when rushing to the bathroom to a full bladder void. Recognizing these symptoms early can help in seeking appropriate care! 

Tips:

  • Monitor Patterns: Keep a daily log of bathroom habits and any incidents of leakage.
  • Stay Prepared: Have incontinence products readily available, such as pads or protective underwear, to manage unexpected leaks.
  1. Is the Incontinence Urine, Bowel, or Both?

Understanding whether the incontinence involves urine, bowel, or both is important for choosing the right products and care. 

Tips:

  • Choose the Right Products: Different products are designed for urine and bowel incontinence. Ensure you’re using the correct type for the best effectiveness.
  • Hygiene: Maintain proper hygiene to prevent infections, especially in cases of bowel incontinence.
  1. How Heavy is the Incontinence?

Assess the severity of incontinence to determine the best management approach. It can be categorized as:

  • Light: Drips while coughing, laughing, or frequent small leaks. 
  • Moderate: Light to moderate leaks when getting to the bathroom or partial urine voids.
  • Heavy: Full voids of the bladder.

Tips:

  • Use Absorbent Products: Depending on the severity, choose appropriate absorbent products that offer sufficient protection. 
  • Layering: For heavy incontinence, consider layering protective covers over bedding and furniture.
  1. How Often Does Incontinence Occur? Is It Worse During the Day or Night?

Tracking the frequency and timing of incontinence can provide information on potential causes and the most critical times for intervention.

Tips:

  • Scheduled Bathroom Visits: Implement a schedule for regular bathroom visits to reduce the chance of accidents.
  • Night-time Protection: Use high-absorbency products at night and ensure easy access to the bathroom.
  1. Are You/Your Loved One Able to Tell if Incontinence Has Occurred and Immediately Clean the Area and Change?

Sometimes incontinence isn’t noticed right away.  This may happen overnight, or leaks may occur frequently throughout the day without being noticed.  It is important to use a product designed to lock in moisture and keep the skin dry.  Choosing a premium product can reduce the risk of skin infections, rashes, and UTIs.

Tips:

  • Set Reminders: For those with cognitive impairments, set reminders for bathroom visits and checks.
  • Emergency Kits: Keep an emergency kit with clean clothes, wipes, and incontinence products handy for quick changes.

These questions are for assessing incontinence at home and determining the necessary next steps. Dependable Daughter provides quality products and more choices, so you can find the best solutions for individual needs. Cheer’s team was blown away by how much products differ and the impact that they can have on an individual’s comfort and daily lifestyle. Angel is happy to do a complimentary assessment visit, even via Zoom. Reach her today at angel@dependabledaughter.com, or visit www.dependabledaughter.com. Dependable Daughter’s expertise can be a valuable asset in managing incontinence with both dignity and care!

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